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Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour ’74, the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set

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In the end, music is a personal soundtrack to one's life. It is tied to a specific time and place, circumstances and memories that are so tightly integrated in one's experience that having memory with no music cannot even be imagined, much less considered. In the summer of 1974, I went from Little Rock to Chicago to visit my closest childhood friend. While there I purchased two LPs for our listening pleasure, Eric Clapton's 461 Ocean Boulevard (RSO, 1974) and Rory Gallagher's Irish Tour '74 (Polydor). I had just started listening to the blues and had fallen under the spells ...

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Rory Gallagher: Stage Struck

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Rory GallagherStage StruckEagle Records2011At their peak, Rory Gallagher's live performances burned with a jaw- dropping intensity, none of which he frittered away with histrionics of any kind. Rather, the late Irish bluesman channeled his energy into his music, which is why the concert albums he released are among the best in his discography. In keeping with its dramatic title, Stage Struck is among that number.Opening with a frenzied rendition of “Shin Kicker," Gallagher and his stalwart rhythm section of bassist Gerry McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna play with such abandon, ...

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Rory Gallagher: Top Priority

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Rory GallagherTop PriorityEagle Records2012Rory Gallagher never made a bad album, but there are a select few recordings in his discography superior to the others. Top Priority is just one of those where the power of playing, enhanced by the production, in combination with the late guitarist's songwriting skills, renders it essential listening. It is, in fact, one of those Rory Gallagher discs worthy of play for the uninitiated, secure that, before it's over, that listener will hopefully understand why the late Irish guitarist garnered such a rabid following when ...

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Rory Gallagher: Against The Grain and Calling Card Reissues

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Guitarist Rory Gallagher produced (literally in most cases) a string of remarkably consistent studio albums during the course of a career that stretched from the early 1970s through to the 1990s. Eagle Records has reissued them all on compact disc and, though it's not wholly clear if the titles have been remastered again, and the pre-existing bonus tracks are generally the same, the cover graphics, including essays and photos, differ from the previously-released edition. The musical virtues of the original recordings, however, remain wholly intact. The fiery Irish guitarist brought a craftsmanlike approach to all these projects. The ...

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Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour '74

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Rory GallagherIrish Tour '74Eagle Video2011 However much acclaim he received during his lifetime, and to whatever extent his legacy has grown posthumously since his untimely death in 1995, guitarist Rory Gallagher will be best remembered for the feverish abandon of his live performances. Assembled with the same creative spark and attention to detail as the most recent archive releases, Irish Tour '74 reaffirms the Irish bluesman's direct connection to his fans, through the loyalty he demonstrated to his musical roots, without interruption, through his career. The bonus features on ...

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Rory Gallagher: Notes From San Francisco

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Rory GallagherNotes From San FranciscoEagle Rock2011 The level of excellence to which the archiving of singer/guitarist Rory Gallagher's canon has risen lately, on audio and video, hits another peak with Notes From San Francisco. Consisting of an entire, previously unreleased studio album, plus outtakes, in addition to a complete, previously unreleased concert recording, this double CD package also shows the attention to detail aficionados love--and which the nascent devotee of the late Irish bluesman will find enticing. The studio portion of the set, recorded on the cusp of 1977-1978 ...

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Rory Gallagher: Ghost Blues & The Beat Club Sessions: The Story Of Rory Gallagher

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Rory GallagherGhost Blues & The Beat Club Sessions: The Story of Rory GallagherEagle Video2010 Guitarist Rory Gallagher never wanted to be a star. He only wanted to make music on his own terms and have the opportunity to play that music for an audience who would genuinely appreciate it. Watching the double DVD set Ghost Blues and The Beat Sessions illustrates the Irish-born blues-rocker's success on those terms he set for himself so emphatically, and to which he remained loyal throughout his career. Director Ian Thullier does a remarkable ...



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